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What are appendicitis and mesenteric lymphadenitis?

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Dr. Tracy Berg answered

Specializes in General Surgery

Appendicitis starts, progresses, with pain in lower right abdomen, fever and signs of infection. Surgeons remove the bad appendix, hopefully before it ruptures. Surgically cured! mesenteric lymphadenitis, different but not easy to tell. Patients feel poorly, pain in the same area, fevers, not as severe or acute as appendicitis. Patients often get an appendectomy, but have benign pathology.

Answered Jan 9, 2015

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Dr. Myron Arlen answered

Specializes in Surgical Oncology

Scan of theabdomen can tell whether there is an abscess around the appendix or an appendicolith which would would indicate an inflammatory process in the appendix. If there is no evidence of perforation and white count stable one can attempt to control the picture with antibiotics only.

Answered Apr 18, 2014

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